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SnakeBytes, 4/15: As Good As Gold

On a night when both pitchers were on top of their game, Paul Goldschmidt struck gold when his weak ground ball found a hole and scored A.J. Pollock from 2nd. They now pack up their belongings for a 9-game roadtrip starting with the Yankees on Tuesday, the Rockies, and then the Giants. Goldy describes his mindset going into that last at-bat, Eric Hinske talks about his role with this club, and Joe Garagiola sums up his time spent with this organization.

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Quotient Quotables

I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and luckily it just found a hole. It wasn’t a bad swing, but I was way out in front and kind of capped it off the end of the bat. Luckily it kind of spun away from their second baseman and went through the hole.

-- Paul Goldschmidt

You can’t take Goldschmidt out of the lineup. Why would you do that? I understand. If he ever wants to start me, I’ll go in there and do what I can. But I’m happy with my role.

-- Eric Hinske

Of all the organizations I have worked for, I have never been treated better by anybody than the Diamondbacks have treated me. So I cried about four times. That’s how emotional it was. It’s kind of sad, but it’s a happy sadness.

-- Joe Garagiola Sr

Diamondbacks Quick Pitches

Paul Goldschmidt lifts Arizona Diamondbacks over Los Angeles Dodgers |

It wasn’t the prettiest walk-off hit in team history, but it was the first of Goldschmidt’s major league career and it gives the Diamondbacks a ton of confidence as they get ready to hit the road.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill answers the call |

Amidst the late inning drama encompassing Chase Field Saturday night, D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson took a reprieve to remind Trevor Cahill what he wanted from him Sunday. Cahill acknowledged that when Gibson did the same thing last year, it resulted in a good outing, but he prefers to not think about baseball or else he can’t fall asleep.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill exits game with sore wrist |

The Diamondbacks returned two players to the field in Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but only one finished the game. Aaron Hill started at second after missing two games and being confined to pinch-hitting Saturday due to a bone bruise in his left hand, but he left the game in the fourth with soreness in his left wrist. Cody Ross started in right field and played his first full major-league game of the season after starting on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury.

D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock's combination of tools, intangibles set him apart |

A.J. Pollock doesn't overwhelm with one outstanding tool. He isn't flashy. He's just a solid, dependable, hard-working baseball player.

D-backs honor broadcaster Garagiola with ceremony |

The D-backs honored the 58-year broadcasting career of Joe Garagiola Sr. in a special pregame ceremony on Sunday before the club took on the Dodgers at Chase Field. Garagiola, who announced his retirement on Feb. 20, spent 15 seasons as a color analyst for the D-backs.

D-backs leaning on Martin Prado's versatility |

In his first 12 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Martin Prado has played third base, second base, shortstop and left field. Saturday night alone, he played three positions.

Today in Baseball

The Miami Marlins, attendance problems, and affordability | Fish Stripes

On Thursdays, anyone over the age of 55 can attend a Marlins game for free, and in the "best available" section. Others can get discounts on tickets by visiting sponsors like Subway and Chevron to get the proper coupon for cheaper seating.

The 4th ever triple-header in baseball history?

[Update] No Mets-Rockies triple-header after all | HardballTalk

Marc Carig tweets that Horwitz was having some fun, so this was just a fun imaginative exercise in the end. Triple headers are now prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement, except when the first game is the conclusion of a game suspended from a prior date. This would only happen in the extremely rare case of the only remaining dates between teams being doubleheaders and no single games are left for the suspended game to precede.


Jacket 1, Jose Fernandez 0.


The file name says it all.

A Week in Home Runs 4/7-4/13 | YouTube

Wheel Play: Brett Lawrie gets a look at second in minors, Jose Bautista shifts to third | Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

For you fantasy baseball players out there, Brett Lawrie is playing second base in Single-A while Jose Bautista has started at 3rd the past two days. Expect some positional eligibility changes within the next month or so.

Cubs/Giants Win Probability " Sunday, April 14, 2013 | FanGraphs Baseball

A pretty good indicator as to why the Giants are 9-4.